Table Rock hikes
BLM and The Nature Conservancy are conducting their annual spring guided weekend hikes atop the Table Rocks. There is no fee, but reservations are required. Participation is limited to 30 individuals per hike, unless otherwise noted. To reserve space, call 618-2200. Bring lunch and something to drink. Restrooms available at both trailheads. No dogs allowed. The hikes last three to five hours and cover three to five miles along a moderate-grade trail.
Saturday: 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock, naturalist Bucky Dennerlein looks at the rock’s unique natural and cultural history.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m., Lower Table Rock, ornithologist Harry Fuller looks for spring birds of the Table Rocks.
May 9: 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock, conservationist Molly Sullivan tells of the history of preserving the Table Rocks.
May 10: 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock, celebrate Mother’s Day with a family outing led by Heather Armstrong, a BLM environmental educator.
May 16: 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock, check out the insects with Peter Schroeder, associate professor of biology and entomologist at Southern Oregon University.
May 17: 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock, ethnobotanist Donn Todt explores the science of our relationship with plants.
Sierra Club hikes
Saturday: Moderate seven-mile hike at Howard Prairie. Hike leaders are Carol Walker, 488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.
May 9: Family and friendly-dog hike on Grizzly Peak, four miles, easy, for ages 7 and up. Bring your children and friendly dogs. We hope this is the first of many more family hikes. We are suggesting only children over the age of 7 as this is not really an outing for children of all ages, which we hope to plan in the future. Your friendly and well-behaved dog is welcome. Contact Darin Banner at 531-7623 for information on time and meeting place.
May 16: Moderate to difficult, eight-mile, cross-country hike to Parsnip Lakes. Hike leader is Cathy Edwards; call 210-0204.
May 16: Curry Section Sierra Club hike along the Sourdough Trail on Packsaddle Mountain. This trailhead is located up the Winchuck River about one hour or 26 miles from Brookings. Trail is seven miles long with a 2,237-foot elevation gain and goes all the way to the North Branch of the Smith River. This is a serpentine area with a number of unique flowers. Sturdy hiking boots, a whistle, a sack lunch and water are essential. Hikers will gather at the Event Center/Fairgrounds in Gold Beach at 7:15 a.m. or 8 a.m. at Coastal Cardiology on Alder in Brookings to carpool. Contact Al Collinet at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
May 30: Strenuous, 13-mile hike, Tanner Lakes to Sucker Creek. Hike leader is George Lescher; call 482-4477.
June 6: Easy to moderate, four-mile hike to Rount Mountain. Hike leader is Cathy Edwards; call 210-0204.
June 13: Very strenuous, 15.5-mile hike, Muir Creek to Buck Canyon to Alkali Meadows. Leader is George Lescher; call 482-4477.
June 20: Wildflower hike around Grouse Gap, seven miles, moderate. Leaders are Carol Walker, 488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.
July 24-27: Backpacking trip in the Sky High Valley in the Marble Mountains. For trip details, visit www.oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/rogue/outings.asp
June 26-28: Backpacking trip on the Frog Pond Loop in the Red Buttes Wilderness. For trip details, visit www.oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/rogue/outings.asp
June 27: Family and friendly-dog hike. Union Creek, 4.4 miles, easy. For ages 7 and up. Bring your children and friendly dogs. Call Darin Banner at 531-7623.
Wild Rogue River Canyon hike
May 16: Join a naturalist from the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center for a free, guided hike through one of the outstanding landscapes of the region. Learn the names of plants and birds while discussing conservation threats and opportunities facing the region. The group will walk into the Zane Gray roadless area for lunch at an historic cabin on Whiskey Creek. Meet at 10 a.m. at Evo’s Cafe across from the public library in Ashland, or at 10:45 at Gooseberries Natural Foods in Grants Pass and carpool from there to the trailhead. The hike will go on in a light rain, but will cancel for severe weather. RSVP to email@example.com or call the KS Wild office at 488-5789. Bring food, water, warm clothes, rain gear if needed and binoculars if you have them.
Siskiyou Outback Trail Runs, 50K and 15K
July 11: Registration is open for the 11th annual Siskiyou Outback trail runs. The two races start at the Mt. Ashland Lodge and follow the Pacific Crest Trail west. Proceeds go to the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Visit www.siskiyououtback.com for information and registration. Register early as both events are expected to fill again in 2009.
Crater Lake Rim Runs
Aug 8: Registrations for this year’s marathon, half-marathon and 6.7-mile race are running about two weeks ahead of last year’s pace. Runners from 16 countries and Canada have already registered. To register, go to www.craterlakerimruns.com.
Mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women’s mountain bike ride that leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop in Grants Pass, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Wednesday, John’s Peak, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6:30 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John’s Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required. Contact Jana Jenson at 899-9190, or e-mail email@example.com. More information is available at the Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association’s Web site at www.somba.org.
Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 476-4935, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Thursday, Ashland: Cycle Sport’s crew meets at the plaza at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities welcome, but be able to climb for a few miles to get to the trails. The group will wait at intersections and there are often many outs for people who are time-pressed or gravity challenged. Single-track descents are of intermediate ability. Contact Thom Kneeland at 541-476-4935, or e-mail email@example.com.
Every Thursday, Grants Pass: Don’s Bike Center has a ride that starts at its shop at 5:30 p.m. Rides last about two hours and are tailored to intermediate to advanced riders. Don’s is at 211 SW G St. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.
Every Saturday, Grants Pass: The folks from Don’s Bike Center meet at the Cathedral hills trailhead on Espy Road at 7:30 a.m. for two hours of riding. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides. A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader is Phil Gagnon: 488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes (call 857-0819), covers 20-plus miles at race pace. Starts at Medford Cycle Sport at 10 a.m.
Every Sunday: Training ride begins at 9 a.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader is Glen Gann: 779-6986.
Every Monday: A 25-mile ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Every Wednesday: A 25- to 40-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Saturday: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk at Jacksonville Woodlands. Leader is Harry Fuller. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Free. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Wednesday: Rogue Valley Audubon Society walks the Central Point section of the Bear Creek Greenway the first Wednesday of each month from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at the dirt lot opposite the Pilot Station on Pine Street in Central Point. Leader is Denny Niebuhr; call 482-6589, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 9: Birdathon fundraiser field trip, “Rogue Valley to Crest of the Cascades.” Meet at 7 a.m. in the parking lot of Shop ’N’ Kart in Ashland. All-day trip. Bring lunch, snacks and drinks. Bring extra layers for higher elevations. Participants are asked to contribute to Rogue Valley Audubon Society. Contact Harry Fuller by e-mail for details at email@example.com.
May 16: Birdwalk to Roxy Ann Butte. Explore the chaparral along the road and trail up Roxy Ann Butte. Spot migratory songbirds returning to the Rogue Valley. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Leader is Steve Runnels, Klamath Bird Observatory volunteer and member. To register, call 541-770-1104.
June 13: Rogue Valley Audubon Society outing to Trees of Heaven and environs with Zince Zauskey. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at Shop ’N’ Kart in Ashland for carpooling to Collier rest area off Highway 96. Half-day trip. Bring sack lunch and water. This will be the group’s last field trip until September.
June 13: Birdwalk to TouVelle and Denman Wildlife Area with Wild Birds Unlimited and Klamath Bird Observatory. Enjoy breeding and nesting behavior of birds of the Rogue River riparian habitat. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Leader is Steve Runnels. To register, call 541-770-1104.
July 11: Birdwalk to Willow Witt Ranch, Hyatt and Howard Prairie Lakes. Learn about birds and habitat restoration on private lands while visiting a hotspot for conifer forest birding below Grizzly Peak. Travel further into the Cascade Mountains to Hyatt and Howard Prairie Lakes. Expect to find white pelicans, vesper sparrows, mountain bluebirds, nesting osprey, swallow species and perhaps a few species of woodpeckers. Bring a lunch and water (all day field trip). Parking at Howard Prairie Resort is $4. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Leader is Harry Fuller, Klamath Bird Observatory volunteer and member. To register, call 541-770-1104.
August 8: Birdwalk to Mount Ashland. Group will look and listen for upper elevation birds, such as green-tailed towhee, mountain quail, purple and Cassin’s finch, band-tailed pigeon, white-headed woodpecker, evening grosbeak, and Cooper’s hawk, and possibly northern goshawk, and hermit, black-throated gray and Townsend’s warblers. Bring a lunch if you’d like to eat in the picnic area. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Leader is Vince Zauskey, Klamath Bird Observatory volunteer and member. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Wildflower Walk in Strawberry Hald Park
Friday: Explore one of Ashland’s less-visited trail areas on an easy-paced, two-mile hike led by North Mountain Park Nature Center stewardship coordinator Linda Chesney. Get some fresh air and exercise, become acquainted with a scenic area and meet other hikers. Bring hiking shoes, water and a snack. For ages 10 and up. The hike runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Meet at the corner of Scenic and Logan Drive. Cost is $5. Register online at http://ashlandparks.recware.com. Call 541-488-6606 for details.
Spring Wild Mushroom Show
Saturday: Experience the fun of wild mushrooms from noon to 3 p.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Many locally collected mushrooms will be identified and on display at the shop, and local experts will be available to answer questions and identify mushrooms brought in. Bring your own mushrooms and learn how to identify the poisonous ones. Some deliciously cooked wild mushrooms will be available for tasting. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 482-3241 or visit www.northwestnatureshop.com.
28th annual Wildflower Show
Saturday-Sunday: See more than 200 wildflower specimens, plus numerous exhibits, an art fair and a quilt show, at this event sponsored by the Wildflower Association of Shady Cove and Trail. Includes indoor and outdoor plant sales. Admission is by donation. Proceeds benefit Jackson County Fire District No. 4 to purchase emergency medical and rescue equipment. Show runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Call Dee, 878-8029, or Clarisse, 878-3055, for details.
Rogue Valley Migratory Bird Day
May 9: Ashland Parks & Recreation Department, Rogue Valley Audubon Society and the Klamath Bird Observatory will celebrate Migratory Bird Day from 8 a.m. to noon at North Mountain Park Nature Center. The event will offer a variety of outdoor learning activities for birders of all ages and abilities, including a bird-calling contest from 10 to 10:30 a.m., and hourly guided walks to visit the mist-netting and bird-banding station to view migratory and resident birds up close and learn about local conservation. “Bird-friendly” shade-grown coffee will be served. Admire or sketch wild birds of prey from Wildlife Images. The theme this year is “Celebrating Birds in Culture.” For more information, visit www.RogueValleyBirdDay.net or call 541-488-6606.
Lichens and Alpine Plants
May 12: Husband-and-wife speaker team Roger Rosentrator and Ann DeBolt will speak at the Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford, at 7 p.m. Rosentrator will speak on “Lichens: They’re On The Rocks” and DeBolt will talk about “Alpine Plants: Just How Do They Live Up There?” The talks are organized by the North American Rock Garden Society, Siskiyou Chapter. Rosentrator, a botanist/ecologist, is actively working in plant conservation, rangeland health, sagebrush steppe habitats and the role of lichens in ecosystems. DeBolt has spent 20 years as a botanist for the National Park Service, BLM and the U.S. Forest Service. She is coauthor of “Alpine Plants of Glacier National Park” and works for the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise. Free and open to the public. Call 664-5934 for more information.
May 14: Get to know your bioregion over wine and appetizers and hear a report by staff of the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center on the state of the Klamath-Siskiyou region. A slide show highlighting recent successes on behalf of native forests and wildlife will be presented, along with a virtual tour of current threats and opportunities facing our bioregion. The evening runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Ashland Community Center, on Winburn Way across from Lithia Park. For details, contact Laurel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-488-5789.
8th Annual Tule Lake Migratory Bird Festival
May 16: Airboat rides through Tule Lake Marsh, wild bird banding, children’s wildlife activities and guided bus trips to local wildlife refuges are just a few of the free family events at the annual festival. The event is held at the Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuges visitor center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free airboat tours of Tule Lake Marsh are expected to be the most popular event at the festival, so call 530-667-2231 early for reservations . Other featured events include bird-banding demonstrations, educational programs with live hawks and owls, children’s wildlife art instruction, bird-mask making and wildlife crafts and games. The Klamath Blues Society will provide live music through the lunch hour.
Events requiring advanced reservations include the airboat rides (conducted between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at half-hour intervals), Lower Klamath Refuge guided wildlife discovery bus tour (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.), Tule Lake Refuge historic CCC camp tours (1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.), and Tule Lake walking wetlands tour (1 to 2:30 p.m.). For additional information, visit www.fws.gov/klamathbasinrefuges or call 530-667-2231.
Old-Growth field trip
May 23: Visit a stand of large trees with one of this region’s expert ecologists, Thomas Atzet, to learn about mature forests. Atzet worked for 30 years as the area ecologist on the Rogue, Siskiyou and Umpqua national forests. Participants will attend a short lecture and then proceed to a stand of large trees in the Cascades where participants get to decide for themselves whether the stand fits the definition for “old-growth” forest. The field trip, sponsored by the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy and North Mountain Park Nature Center, will include carpooling. Bring a snack or lunch. Ages 16 and up. Event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $22. Meet at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Register at North Mountain Park by calling 541-488-6606 or register online at http://activenet4.active.com/ashlandparks.